Thursday, June 9, 2005

Thoughtful words of others...
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.-- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (free e-book, 1891

Keep cool and you command everybody.-- Louis de Saint-Just

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming... suddenly you find - at the age of 50, say - that a whole new life has opened before you. -- Agatha Christie

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. -- Bertrand Russell

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer? -- George Price

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. -- William Penn

In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time.-- Edward P. Tryon Professor of Physics at the City University of New Yor­k
Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines. --David Letterman

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. -- W. Somerset Maugham

Haiku to make Basho squirm
Red Carpet

I can imagine,
Me in a gown, lights flashing,
Down the red carpet.

Rainy Day

Today I can't go
Out to play, for Friday is
A rainy day.

Black Light

Strobe flashing above,
Your shirt is glowing.

Billiards haiku

Click and CRACK, ball on
Cue, ball on ball, bounce and
Roll, go in the hole!

Las Vegas

Bright lights, big city,
Sin, sex, cash, fun, heat, love, food
Some people's heaven.

Since I mentioned Basho....'s some real haiku, by him:

In the cicada's cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die.

Clouds appear
and bring to men a chance to rest
from looking at the moon.

Harvest moon:
around the pond I wander
and the night is gone.

Just for fun:
MSN has buy one song, get five free at:

Don't Phunk With My Heart

By Black-eyed Peas had become my new favorite summer song...and we about died laughing, on our way home from Ohio on Memorial Day, a Toledo station had changed the lyrics to "don't MESS with my heart." Oh, please!

We have found the ultimate time machine...

...and it's at a HHS baseball game. Went over Tuesday night as they played in the regional final. Vs. Carroll H.S. We had to call Tony after--and let him know, some things never change. Coach P. was still coaching his shoes (he's very shy and has a hard time looking at you) (Angela once described him as "a good history teacher who taught his shoes all semester.) And he was still coaching some bad baseball--they lost in the same was as when Tony was playing, with runners getting thrown out a major element. Greg says, "Wow, I fell 43 again!" Imagine that Tony has been graduated for seven years!

A clarification on a past post
I had mentioned a flag. And forgot to tell, what flag! Of course, it was the first flying of the BIG American flag at the Norwalk, Ohio, American Legion Post. Dad, Greg and I walked down to witness the event--although we missed the initial launching. It looked great, and is on a much better pole. The first one blew down during a storm. The Sandusky Register had this to say:

The largest masted American flag in the United States….

Bob Timman, judge advocate for the post, said veterans are anxious to restore the flag to its position over the baseball fields behind the post.

A 153-foot-tall flag tower crumpled and blew down in a storm on July 4, 2003. The 50-by-80-foot flag ripped eight feet down one of the red stripes, Timman said.

"It's been a hassle and a long time getting it back together," Timman said.

This flag is the largest masted -- meaning it's flown on a pole or tower -- American flag in the U.S. Other flags flown from buildings or bridges may be larger, Timman said.

The VFW selected a fabricated metal pole with an electric pulley to replace the tower, Timman said.

The 150-foot pole weighs seven tons, Timman said. A four-foot-wide concrete base reaches into the ground 22 feet to support the pole and the weight of the flag. About 11 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting, a crane is scheduled to lift the pole into place, Timman said.

The pole was to have been erected May 14, but the work was rescheduled because of the weather.

A quarter-inch diameter wire cable that is 315 feet long will hoist the flag, Timman said.

The flag, which was sewn in the mid-1980's at Norwalk Furniture Corp., also was repaired for free by employees at the custom furniture manufacturer, Timman said.

The VFW hopes the new electric pulley performs well on Memorial Day.

With the tower, raising the flag on major holidays required 15 men and the help of a mowing tractor, Timman said.

When the flag is lowered, the men allow it to free fall into a four-foot-square-by-three-foot high plywood box, Timman said.

The flag is not folded, because folding it would cause the flag to wear out and fade on the fold lines, Timman said. When the flag is raised and the wind catches it, the wrinkles pull out of it, he said….

Timman, 82, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, has not missed a Memorial Day Parade since 1951, he said. After the parade is a service in the cemetery to honor veterans, especially those who have given their lives for their country.

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